Sunday, August 16, 2009

Buzz Aldrin Apollo 11, Communion on the moon


Aldrin
Originally uploaded by jeditrilobite

I recently learned that American astronaut Buzz Aldrin celebrated communion on the moon during Apollo 11, on July 20, 1969.

Maybe I am the only one who didn't know that (smile).

Well, Aldrin's celebrating communion on the moon was not disclosed for 20 years, in reaction to a lawsuit about Apollo 8 astronauts reading the beginning of Genesis out loud on Christmas, 1968.
The pastor of the church Buzz Aldrin attended, Webster Presbyterian in Houston, prepared a communion kit for Aldrin.
I understand that the church has the original kit and uses it for communion each year, on the Sunday closest to July 20.
I love the image of this American hero, on the moon and rejoicing.

2 comments:

Karen said...

Neat fact, Terra! I didn't know that either.

Terri Tiffany said...

Thank you for visiting my blog today:) I never heard that before about him:) I probably won't forget either. It's always so nice to meet another writer:)